Cellana testudinaria   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:
Family:Nacellidae

Description
Size: 90 mm

Color: Dark greenish brown, with a radiate pattern in dark brown, within the shell substance, and apparent only when the shell is held to the light, the pattern may consist of radial streaks, joined across in a netted pattern, or it may consist of bold chevrons, internally the shell is bluish silvery, with the large elongated spatula greyish white to yellowish brown; the margin of the shell has a continuous border in dark-brown, with terminal blotches from the internal radial pattern which also shows through faintly, back almost to the spatula.

Shell solid, reaching a large size, up to 3 ½ inches in length, but most adults about two thirds that size; broadly ovate, of low rounded profile, with the apex at about the anterior third; margin simple and smooth. External sculpture consisting of weak to obsolete, low, narrow, smooth radial riblets.

Synonym (s)
Helcioniscus mestayerae Suter, 1906
Helcioniscus rota var. discrepa Pilsbry, 1891
Patella insignis Dunker, 1866
Patella patera Roding, 1798
Patella rumphii Blainville, 1825
Patella testudinaria Linnaeus, 1758

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Karnataka, Netrani Island (Lat: 14.01) (Long: 74.33) INDIA (Record: 08/05/2006) (Depth: -12 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at - http://clade.ansp.org/obis/find_mollusk.html
  • Gulbin, VV and Evseev, GA (1997) Intertidal Prosobranch Gastropods of Vietnam Galaxea Ryukyus University, Japan 13(2) 157-166 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Powell, AWB (1973) The Patellid Limpets of the World (Patellidae) Indo-Pacific Mollusca Delaware Museum of Natural History Grenville, Delaware, U.S.A 3(15) 75-206 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Zacharia, PU; Krishnakumar, PK; Dineshbabu, AP; Vijayakumaran, K; Rohit, P; Thomas, S; Sasikumar, G; Kaladharan, P; Durgekar, RN and Mohamed, KS (2008) Species assemblage in the coral reef ecosystem of Netrani Island off Karnataka along the southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 50(1) 87-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at - http://www.gastropods.com/
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa

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